Humanities › History & Culture Meaning and Origin for the Surname "Cook" Share Flipboard Email Print KidStock / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated April 05, 2019 As it sounds, the Cook surname is an English occupational name for a cook, a man who sold cooked meats, or the keeper of an eating house. The surname derives from the Old English coc, and Latin cocus, meaning "cook." The Cook surname could also be an Anglicized version of a surname with a similar sound or meaning, such as the German and Jewish surname Koch. Cook is the 60th most popular surname in the United States and the 53rd most common surname in England. Surname Origin: English Alternate Surname Spellings: COOKE Where Do People With the Cook Surname Live? Most people with the Cook surname live in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, and Canada, according to WorldNames PublicProfiler. There is an especially large number based on percentage of population in Saskatchewan, Canada. Within the United Kingdom, the greatest numbers are found in England, especially East Anglia. According to surname distribution data from Forebears, the Cook surname is also very common in the Cook Islands, where it ranks 8th, and Nauru, where it is the 16th most common surname. Famous People with the Last Name Cook James Cook - British navigator famous for discovering and charting New Zealand and Australia's Great Barrier ReefPeter Cook - English actor and comedianTim Cook - Apple CEORobin Cook - British politicianLemuel Cook - was one of the last verifiable surviving American Revolutionary War veteransOrator F. Cook - American botanistWill Marion Cook - African-American composer and violinistDane Cook - American stand-up comedian Genealogy Resources for the Surname COOK 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? Cook DNA Surname ProjectOver 600 group members belong to this Y-DNA surname project, working together to combine DNA testing with traditional genealogy research to sort out Cook ancestral lines. Includes individuals with Cook, Cooke, and Koch spellings. Cook Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Cook family crest or coat of arms for the Cook surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. Cook Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Cook surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Cook query. FamilySearch - COOK GenealogyAccess over 8 million free historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Cook surname and its variations on this free genealogy website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. COOK Surname and Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Cook surname. In addition to joining a list, you can also browse or search the archives to explore over a decade of postings for the Cook surname. DistantCousin.com - COOK Genealogy & Family HistoryExplore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Cook. The Cook Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the English surname Cook from the website of Genealogy Today. References: Cottle, Basil. "Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1967. Menk, Lars. "A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2005. Beider, Alexander. "A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia." Bergenfield, NJ: Avotaynu, 2004. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. "A Dictionary of Surnames." New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Hoffman, William F. "Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings." Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society, 1993. Rymut, Kazimierz. "Nazwiska Polakow." Wroclaw: Zaklad Narodowy im. Ossolinskich - Wydawnictwo, 1991. Smith, Elsdon C. "American Surnames." Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.